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Published March 4, 2019

Winner: Wax Poetry and Art Poetry Contest #15

Least I Can Do

by Naomi Kurashige
(Los Angeles, California, USA)
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Least I Can Do

Least I can do is to taste your tears and decipher
the amount of salt that is determined to be excess,
so that I do not ever bring you to an ocean
which makes you feel like drowning.

Least I can do is to hum a different song each time,
specially selected from my secretly-curated playlist,
for each time your exhale begins to knock
like an impatient debt collector threatening to tangle your
    insides.

Least I can do is to mimic a cocoon with my fingers
around your index every time it flutters to the places where
    your skin is raised;
how rude a scar is, sometimes, to demand attention
when you have already done everything to make it a part of
    you.

Most caterpillars still become butterflies even with damaged
    cocoons-
all it takes is some care after emerging and that’s something
    I can do.

Least I can do is to blast loud songs with unnecessarily happy
    lyrics,
because sometimes humming only can get that loud-
and I’d do anything to shield your ears from those
chanting convenient advice that they’d never take,
on situations they’ve never been in.

Least I can do is to introduce you to cheese and wine
with names we definitely don’t know how to pronounce,
just to discover so many words you can still
roll off your tongue without dripping bitterness.

Least I can do is to reenact that feeling
of anticipation you shiver into just before the rollercoaster
    drops,
and you know that everything doesn’t matter now,
except to embrace the wind in your face;
a reminder that a force going against you, sometimes isn’t
    a battle.

At the very least,
I know that you’d do that for me-
Choreographing my heart beat’s dance
like raindrops kissing the ground was a solution I never
    imagined you’d devise,
simply from reading the audible Morse code my tears
    relayed
whenever they slid off the roof of your shoulders.

This is the least I can do for you.  


Biography
Naomi is a poet who stitches words into a blanket, in hopes
you feel less alone with the warmth and knowledge of someone
else who have felt similar pains. Naomi is currently working on
her first fiction novel while posting micro poems on her
Instagram.
@naomikurashige
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